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IAAF Rejects British Call on Walker

August 16, 1999

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) _ World track’s governing body referred British sprinter Doug Walker’s doping case to arbitration today, rejecting the British federation’s decision to clear him of any doping offense.

IAAF spokesman Giorgio Reineri said the world body’s decision-making Council accepted the recommendation of its doping commission to send the case to an arbitration panel.

``The council ruled this is a doping case and the British federation had reached an erroneous conclusion in clearing him,″ Reineri said.

Walker remains able to compete pending a ruling by the arbitration panel. No date was set for the hearing.

Walker, the European 200-meter champion, was banned in March after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone in December.

But a disciplinary committee of UK Athletic cleared him last month on grounds that the 26-year-old Scottish sprinter ingested the banned substance in an ``innocent and accidental″ manner.

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